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Four alumni from Old Dominion University's M.S. in Dental Hygiene program recently were recognized for their achievements in national and professional magazines.

Two graduates of the program were recognized in separate editions of Access, the news magazine of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.

Christine Nielsen Nathe (M.S. '90) was acknowledged for receiving the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ohio Association of Community Colleges. The award is given to graduates of Ohio community or technical colleges who have contributed to the improvement of the state and their community through achievements, leadership and service. Nathe is currently associate professor and clinic manager in the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She has written many articles for dental hygiene publications and speaks worldwide about dental public health issues. She is the author of the book "Dental Public Health: Contemporary Practice for the Dental Hygienist."

Glenda Arrington, who holds both a bachelor's (1999) and master's degree (2001) from ODU, was the subject of a feature story in the September-October issue of Access. A Norfolk native, she worked for 15 years as a dental hygienist - 10 years in private practice and five years working for the military. She moved on to management positions with the military, and currently serves as department head for Command Evaluation. In this position, she inspects, investigates and inquires into Department of the Navy issues with regard to waste, fraud and mismanagement of government resources at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth.

Beth McKinney (M.S. '91) was profiled in the September issue of RDH Magazine as one of eight exceptional dental hygienists who received the 2005 Sunstar Butler GUM/RDH Healthy Gums, Healthy Smiles Award of Distinction. McKinney, of Washington, D.C., has been a public health dental hygienist for 18 years. She frequently sees patients who are poor, pregnant and/or who don't speak English. She also teaches oral health classes to mentally challenged young adults and parents of health-challenged children.

Aleksandra Pavolotskaya (M.S. '03) was the subject of a feature story in a recent issue of the Indiana University School of Dentistry Alumni Bulletin. A part-time dental hygiene faculty member at IU, Pavolotskaya is a native of Ukraine who moved to the United States in 1993. The article, which was first published in Access, recounts her trip to Russia in May 2004 to offer a two-week series of lectures and workshops in support of a new dental hygiene program in Moscow.

This article was posted on: November 15, 2005

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